Montclair, NJ (December 4, 2018)—Industry legend (not to mention Pro Sound News columnist/blogger) Craig Anderton has added five new titles to his new book series, The Musicians Guide to Home Recording. Building on the initial three books, the series is adding How to Apply Dynamics Processing; Microphones for the Recording Musician; How to Create Compelling Mixes; The Musician’s Guide to Audio; and How to Get the Best Sounds Out of Amp Sim Software.
Eeach volume in the series is available in four formats: print book, ebook, via Groove3’s Digital Print Library, and, for institutional use, via the Digital Print Library with Elements|ED on a site license basis. The five latest releases are:
Microphones for the Recording Musician ($19.99; ISBN 9781540035639; 128 pages) focuses on microphones, so authors Phil O'Keefe and Craig Anderton explain how to choose and apply mics with real-world examples and explanations. Topics include understanding different microphone types; essential miking accessories; mic preamps and connections; stereo miking techniques; and how to mic specific instruments.
How to Create Compelling Mixes ($24.99; ISBN 9781540024886; 220 pages) covers feel vs. perfection; the importance of the arrangement for mixing; tailoring material for your audience; monitoring and acoustics; software mixer architecture; unique aspects of mixing with digital audio; how to use plug-ins; integrating external hardware with computers, the “12-step program” for creating great mixes; panning techniques; equalization; dynamics processing; time-based effects; placing effects in the right order; how to use automation; hardware control surfaces; mixing with virtual instruments; adding expressiveness in the mix; using rewire beyond conventional mixing techniques; mixing and MIDI; and more.
The Musician’s Guide to Audio ($14.99; ISBN 9781540026927; 112 pages) discusses audio theory sound waves in the real world; bit resolution; sample rates; distortion; the different types of decibels; the meaning of audio specifications; frequency response; the different types of distortion; signal-to-noise ratio; dynamic range; how the human ear hears sound; and more. The book then segues into specifics regarding levels, connection standards (both analog and digital), and resolving potential incompatibilities among different pieces of gear. Other topics include information on more practical aspects of audio, such as the basics of room acoustics; why speaker placement matters; audio distribution methods (including data-compressed formats like MP3 and the unique constraints of vinyl); and more.
How to Get The Best Sounds Out of Amp Sim Software ($14.99; ISBN 9781540024954; 144 pages) offers tips on simple ways to make guitars more sim-friendly; using processors to condition the audio prior to going through sims; hard disk editing techniques to optimize tracks for use with amp sims; multiband processing for exceptional dynamics and responsiveness; parallel processing and amp stacking; creating custom virtual cabinets; eliminating aliasing and other “digital” artifacts; combining amp sims and physical amps; and more. The book also includes information on how to blend guitar perfectly with EDM and other modern musical forms through the use of software processing and techniques like modulating guitar with drums and other instruments to give highly rhythmic overlays.
How to Apply Dynamics Processing ($14.99; ISBN 9781540026903; 112 pages) looks at techniques for applying limiters, compressors, noise gates, expanders, maximizers, saturation, and multiband dynamics in both hardware or software form; dynamics processing with MIDI data, as well as “manual” dynamics processing done with recording software (phrase-by-phrase normalization for narration, “micro-mastering” to allow greater apparent volume when mastering, parallel dynamics, and so on). There's also information on creative uses of sidechaining, and using creative “squashing” as an effect to obtain vintage compression sounds.
The new titles join the exiting tomes in the series, which include How to Choose and Use Audio Interfaces; How to Apply Equalization; and How to Record And Mix Great Vocals.
Craig Anderton is an internationally recognized authority on technology and music. He has toured, played Carnegie Hall, mastered hundreds of tracks, and been involved with dozens of major label releases as a player, producer or engineer. He’s written more than 30 books and thousands of articles, co-founded Electronic Musician magazine, and has given seminars on technology and the arts in thirty-eight states, ten countries, and three languages.
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